Saturday, 15 August 2015

You've Been Framed

Last month our little boy had his first professional photo session and it was with the lovely Natasha at New Era Photography.

I absolutely adore every photo she took and I wanted to display them as quickly as I could.

This Hanging Polaroid Photo Frame project made it possible...
I bought a £3 framed image from my local Country Baskets store, simply because I love the frame.
Using PicMonkey, I made each of my 12 images into a polaroid (see the 'Frames' section)
I printed all polaroid images on to photo paper as 'Wallet Size'
Using a knife and craft mat, I cut out each polaroid image
I removed the existing image from my frame and using drawing pins, I attached 3 pieces of twine to the frame
Finally, using small pegs/clothespins, I evenly attached each image to the twine
A perfect way to display many images in one space

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Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Simple Greetings

I've haven't been crafting much lately as life seems to be so busy at the moment. But I had two occasions I wanted to make quick and simple cards for.

A wedding card...

I found the cake image on Google images and I simply added a few gems... 
A new baby card...
 ... using this beautiful poem

Hold him a little longer
Rock him a little more
Tell him another story
(You've only told him 4)
Let him sleep on your shoulder
Rejoice in his happy smile
He is only a little boy
For such a little while

 Author: Unknown

 ... and a baby-feet charm
Both cards were designed in Microsoft Word using Amatic SC font and printed on textured card.

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Wednesday, 17 June 2015

3 Great Apps for Knitters & Crocheters

Now, whether we realise it or not, we rely on our phones for much more than just communication. Between allowing us to share our projects on social media and updating our blogs, smart phones have become excellent tools for those interested in crafting. 
According to Statista, there are 1.4 million apps on the iTunes App Store, and 1.5 million on the Google Play Store, ready for download. There's also several crafting apps available, and for those who love to knit and crochet, the following might be just what you need: 

1. StashBot

If you’re not following a pattern, or the pattern you are following doesn’t tell you how much yarn you need, StashBot might be the perfect choice for you. While it costs £3.99/$4.99 , it could very well earn you great savings in the future by telling you just how much yarn you’ll need for the project you’re about to undertake. It also saves you an additional trip to the shops should you realise you didn’t get enough yarn. It presents several different categories of projects that will tell you how much yarn you need, and after some time using the app, you may find yourself being able to estimate measurements more easily. Of course, if you’re a fan of purchasing great amounts of yarn and simply reusing what’s left over from your projects in the future, StashBot might soon outgrow its use.
2. Knitting Buddy

Perfect for beginner knitters, Knitting Buddy is a great overall tool that allows you to track your projects. It has a row counter, a repeat counter, a project timer, a ruler, a flashlight, and even built-in note pages so you can keep jotting down notes as you go along. It also has the ingenious feature of tracking your knitting needles, so you’ll know whether you’re using one of your favourites in a different project, and not have to wonder where your needles have gone. You can also add images and photos of the project at various stages throughout its completion – a perfect feature for bloggers who want to take their readers on a step-by-step journey of the process of creating their new project.
Knitting Buddy
3. Stash2Go: Ravelry on the Go

You are probably familiar with Ravelry, one of the biggest knitting/crochet communities on the Internet. Stash2Go, although not affiliated with Ravelry, is one of the best apps you can use to access the community from your phone. Its design is simple and intuitive, and it gives you access to all your content from the website - from your stash of needles and hooks, projects queued and completed, and even friends lists and favourite patterns. There are two versions of the app – one free, but ad based; and another paid, but free of ads. Just make sure that you try to use WiFi whenever accessing the app, as it cannot function without an Internet connection. As Kim Shadbolt of Pocket Fruity explains in a blog post, "Wherever you can, use Wi-Fi. It’s another good way to save mobile battery, it’s cheaper because you won’t use up all your data allowance, and Wi-Fi is just generally more reliable..." Uploading and downloading photos from Stash2Go may leave you with a higher bill than you’d expected.
Do you use any other apps for your knitting and crochet projects?

Have you ever used a project tracker like Knitting Buddy?

Let me know in the comments below!

Monday, 8 June 2015

Tea O'Clock

Last week I completed my first website design for someone else.

It has a very simple look - I wanted the photos to stand out!

Less is more...
The website is for a friend's new vintage china hire company.

I spent a morning taking photos of some of her china collection. There was so much of it!
It took a few child-free hours to get the site up and running, including a new Facebook page.
I'm really pleased with how it has turned out.

Go check out Tea O'Clock Vintage and let me know what you think!

(logo design and images by quintonwench)

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Be Wise

Last Friday was my niece's 2nd Birthday.

I once loved to create handmade birthday cards, but when I became a Mom, I started to rely on high street card shops, as time was short.

This week I decided to change that...
The main graphic, the owl, is from Mels Brushes. I've bought quite a bit from this site over the years and it really is worth a look.

The Whimsy Animals clipart set features my chosen owl.

As with my 'Heart On A String' engagement card project, I designed the layout via Microsoft Word - it's not the greatest application, but it does the job for things like this!
I used the Sue Ellen Francisco font (as text boxes) - I originally saw this on PicMonkey, loved it, so downloaded it for myself.

You can get it here.

As my design was quite plain, I created a patterned insert using the owl image. A blank text box provided a place for me to write my personalised greeting, once printed.
To create a 3D effect, I printed 2 additional copies of the owl; I cut out the whole owl from one and just the eyes from the other. I used foam pads to create a 3D effect.

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